Saudi Arabia’s king deposes crown prince, promotes son as successor

Saudi Arabia’s king has appointed his son, Mohammed bin Salman as Crown Prince – replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne.

King Salman’s decree also means Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31, will become deputy prime minister, while continuing as defence minister.

Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, has also been removed from his role as head of domestic security.

As defense minister, he also oversaw the Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

He has pledged allegiance to the new Crown Prince, news agency SPA reports.

King Salman, 81, acceded to the throne in January 2015 after the death of his half-brother Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s latest promotion, and his rapid ascent, is seen by the younger generation as a sign that things are changing in the Islamic country.

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